2018 BFI London Film Festival Review – If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk, 2018.

Directed by Barry Jenkins.

Starring Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Regina King, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, and Brian Tyree Henry.


Childhood sweethearts Tish and Fonny live in Harlem in the 1970s and are planning a life together, despite difficulties finding a home. The celebrations when Tish discovers she’s pregnant are short lived when Fonny is arrested for rape, a crime he didn’t commit. And now Tish has a desperate fight on her hands to prove his innocence. Based on the novel by James Baldwin.

When your second feature starts out as a sleeper hit at festivals and takes off like a rocket to win the Best Picture Oscar, where do you go next? The only way has to be down, surely. And for many directors it is, but they’re not Barry Jenkins.
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